Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Reading (Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24)

[1] “Look! I am sending my messenger to clear the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple. Yes, the messenger of the covenant,
in whom you take such delight — look! Here he comes,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.

[2] But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, like the soapmaker’s lye.

[3] He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to Adonai uprightly.

[4] Then the offering of Y’hudah and Yerushalayim will be pleasing to Adonai, as it was in the days of old, as in years gone by. [23] Look, I will send to you Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible Day of Adonai.

[24] He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers; otherwise I will come and strike the land with complete destruction.” [Look, I will send to you Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible Day of Adonai.]

Gospel (Luke 1: 57-66)

[57] The time arrived for Elisheva to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son. [58] Her neighbors and relatives heard how good Adonai had been to her, and they rejoiced with her.

[59] On the eighth day, they came to do the child’s b’rit-milah. They were about to name him Z’kharyah, after his father, [60]when his mother spoke up and said, “No, he is to be called Yochanan.”

[61] They said to her, “None of your relatives has that name,” [62] and they made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. [63] He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is Yochanan.”

[64] At that moment, his power of speech returned, and his first words were a b’rakhah to God. [65] All their neighbors were awestruck; and throughout the hill country of Y’hudah, people talked about all these things.

[66] Everyone who heard of them said to himself, “What is this child going to be?” For clearly the hand of Adonai was with him.

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